B.A., Political Science and Government
Wasn't sure what I wanted but figured it out in the end!
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Hometown San Francisco, California
Class of2022
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Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
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Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)

Applied for a B.A. in Political Science and Government

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Personal Statement
685 Words
Embracing your heritage, Story central to identity
Common App PROMPT: Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. Personal/identifying information redacted, but content remains authentic. Growing up, I pretended to be two different people. At home, I was Taiwanese; I spoke Mandarin, took off my shoes before entering the house, and ate delicacies like stinky tofu. At school and in public, I Americanized myself by packing sandwiches instead of dumplings for lunch and...
These are my 4 UC personal intake short essays. Personal/identifiable information has been redacted but the content all remains the same. PROMPT 1: Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time. A mountain of pads, tampons, and underwear was piled in the gym. The [REDACTED] Project is a significant event at my high school. For a week, we collect feminine hygiene products to donate to...
PROMPT: Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it. Growing up, I was two different people. At home, I was Taiwanese; I spoke Mandarin, took off my shoes before entering the house, and ate delicacies like stinky tofu. At school and in public, I Americanized myself by packing sandwiches for lunch and speaking English to my parents. In third grade, someone once asked me what my favorite part of...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
380 Words
PROMPT: Other parts of your application give us a sense for how you might contribute to Northwestern. But we also want to consider how Northwestern will contribute to your interests and goals. In 300 words or less, help us understand what aspects of Northwestern appeal most to you, and how you'll make use of specific resources and opportunities here. Wildcats are passionate, driven, and versatile. They proudly cheer at football games, enjoy themselves at Dillo Day, and are committed to their...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
617 Words
PROMPT: The late New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham once said "Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization." Tell us about your “armor.” With a long scratch marks the left toe, innumerable scuff marks on each side, and a once white rubber sole, it’s clear that my white Adidas Stan Smiths have been with me for the...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
282 Words
PROMPT: How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago. Beyond a world class education that comes with a core curriculum, UChicago offers numerous research and minor opportunities through institutes and centers such as the Human Rights Program and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. I’m particularly...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
251 Words
PROMPT: What about being a student at Boston University most excites you? Beyond being located in a fast paced city, BU provides numerous opportunities for students. I was excited to learn that nearly all students participated in research and that BU strongly promotes undergrad research. Coming from a supportive high school, BU reminds me of the community I come from. As an International Relations major, I also look forward to participating in one of BU’s 90+ study abroad programs, from...
Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
271 Words
PROMPT: What is something about yourself that is essential to understanding you? My entire school lined up behind posters that read, “I march for justice,” “I march for awareness,” and others, before marching around the block. Instead of focusing on a single issue, we stood for many. The idea wasn’t for one ideology to rise above all, but for us to learn the importance of solidarity. I am someone who embraces activism and social justice. A class that left...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
287 Words
PROMPT: Describe how you plan to pursue your academic interests at USC. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections. I am fascinated by politics and economics, subjects that explore the structure of society and its impact on our lives. Through International Relations and the Global Economy, I look forward to taking courses on broader topics such as foreign policy, and focused topics such as economic development in East Asia. Through Philosophy, Politics, & Law, I hope to...
Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
862 Words
PROMPT: Describe a high school or community activity in which you have taken initiative. What was the outcome? What did you learn from the experience? The [REDACTED] is a significant event at my high school, where we collect feminine hygiene products throughout Spirit Week to donate. I was serving as a Campus Ministry representative for the first time junior year, and it was also the first year we were in charge of the project. We shifted the focus away from...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
341 Words
PROMPT: Our families and communities often define us and our individual worlds. Community might refer to your cultural group, extended family, religious group, neighborhood or school, sports team or club, co-workers, etc. Describe the world you come from and how you, as a product of it, might add to the diversity of the University of Washington. My friends and I lined up behind posters that read, “I march for justice”, “I march for awareness”, and others, before spilling out in...

School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
143 Words
SHOW DEMONSTRATED INTEREST! My year was the last year WashU had no supplemental essay for and the last year with only 1 round of ED. I predict that writing a killer, specific supplemental would be extremely important, especially if you're applying RD as...

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General Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
240 Words
I wish I researched more about what to do in the summers. I ended up attending 2 ridiculously expensive and not very useful programs in the summers before Sophomore and Junior year, one of them being the summer at USC program. Though I enjoyed both programs, I wish I'd done something more worthwhile and cost effective, such as taking community college courses or getting involved with volunteering and starting my service project...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
282 Words
College is expensive. I'm grateful enough to have family able to foot a hefty private school tuition bill, but I know many are not in the same position. I recommend looking into your state schools if you're a US resident/citizen because these are often your most affordable option and attending your state flagship (or one of them) is always a safe bet. If you're a very strong applicant, there's many schools out there that are generous with merit aid or just have...
What I’d change about my application process
216 Words
I wish I applied to more top private schools. I was banking on getting in ED to Northwestern but that didn't work out and I ended up having little time to apply to more private schools. If I could go back, I'd apply to UPenn, Brown, and Yale just so I don't have to live with that constant "what if" thought. I also wish...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
144 Words
I had a private counselor and I did not think it was worth it. I only found the essay revision I got to be helpful, but you can easily get your essay read by an older sibling, English teacher, or school counselor (never...

High School Performance

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(equivalent to 3.82 unweighted)
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